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You've Got Mail (1998)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 26

Great chemistry between the leads made this a warm and charming delight.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 6

Great chemistry between the leads made this a warm and charming delight.



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Movie Info

The film tells of Kathleen Kelly, who owns a children's bookstore in New York. It is a small but profitable labor of love -- until Foxbooks, a mega-chain of super-sized bookstores, begins building across the street. Joe Fox, an executive with the family-owned firm, is directly responsible for this particular branch. Kathleen despises Joe and everything he seems to stand for. The future of her very livelihood is in doubt. When Kathleen and Joe are not working, they are logged onto their


Drama, Comedy

Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron

May 4, 1999

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The coincidences that make the destined lovers' paths cross aren't contrived with much finesse, but the characters get in some decidedly clever lines.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The clumsily loaded characterisation not only treats almost every other figure as dispensable, but doesn't even bother to make Meg and Tom properly sympathetic.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mail may not be as romantic as Sleepless, but it's wittier.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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A love story destined to be remembered as one of the best of the decade.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Fully-stocked, well-oiled and soulless, You've Got Mail sure feels like a franchise operation -- all that's missing is a greeter and a discount card.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Every time You've Got Mail is about to choke on its own cleverness, it's resuscitated by its extremely likable -- oh heck, let's just call them lovable -- stars.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A great big hug of a film.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Popcornworld

The well-honed dramedic performances by endearingly mock-cranky Hanks and quirky, cryin' Ryan add just enough weight to what might otherwise float away...[Blu-ray]

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Predictable-but-sweet romantic comedy.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan and America Online. Could you be anymore 1990s?

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs've got a lot of saccharine sweetness in the film, but it's a good kind of sweetness, a gentle, loveable, delightful sweetness.

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

You've Got Mail is not as saccharine as I expected, but the sugar-coated love story offers us nothing new or original.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

There's no denying the on-screen chemistry between Hanks and Ryan, but still it never really seems to spark as much as it did in Sleepless in Seattle.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

There is something marvelously contrived about this classic situation: two attractive and incongruous characters who don't know what we know:They belong with each, and when the heck will they get together?

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

You've Got Mail is probably not as engaging as Sleepless, with which it will inevitably be compared, but it has its moments.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It's a good date movie, and I recommend it. But don't forget to rent The Shop Around the Corner.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This film enchanted me, and even if it did work for me slightly better as a comedy than as a romance, it's still a great comedy -- and Ryan and Hanks are teriffic.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Yes, You've Got Mail isn't strikingly profound or groundbreaking, but it's one of these movies that just make you feel real good.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's screenplay is adequately warm and funny, and the characters sufficiently charming, to draw audiences in to the unlikely but ultimately engaging love affair.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Um filme carente de atrativos como os que fizeram de 'Sintonia de Amor' uma pequena obra-prima entre as comédias românticas.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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Audience Reviews for You've Got Mail

Very predictable storyline, similar to Sleepless in Seattle - the characters don't know each other but are destined to meet. They chat via email, but don't realise they loathe each other in real life. Good cast. Modern adaptation of shop around the corner.
April 22, 2012
Candy Rose

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I am tackling my demons and attempting a few Rom Coms, this would usually be the type of film I would side step, but I will admit to liking this a little and finding the two sides of the relationship interesting.
January 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

Dispite, Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail, looks like a weak and odd version of Sleepless in Seattle and that don't present some finals elements of the plot, this movie show a good chemistry between Ms. Ryan and Mr. Hanks characters and in a skilful way, Ms. Ephron make the audience be delighted with the strange and sweet couple formed by Joe (Hanks) and Kathleen (Ryan). Fresh.
January 11, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Parts of this were funny, but it wasn't some hysterical romcom.
September 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Joe Fox: In the meantime we'll just put up a big sign, 'Coming soon Fox Book Superstore, the end of civilization as you know it.'
    – Submitted by Mary Kathryn P (2 years ago)
    1. Kathleen Kelly: I love daisies.
    2. Joe Fox: You told me.
    3. George Pappas: They're so friendly. Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?
    – Submitted by Lindy R (3 years ago)
    1. Joe Fox: The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.
    – Submitted by Lindy R (3 years ago)
    1. Kathleen Kelly: Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake, as almost all hats are.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Kathleen Kelly: What will NY152 say today I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Kathleen Kelly: [on closing her store] But the truth is, I'm heart broken. I feel as though a part of me has died and my mother has died all over again and nothing will ever make it right.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
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